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  •  If the audience is supposed to be "tea partiers".. (5+ / 0-)

    then you're publishing in the wrong place. If the audience is supposed to be "progressives" in order to demonstrate that there are some "progressive" points of agreement with "tea partiers" then I think several of your points are unnecessary, especially the "American exceptionalism" meme. On the whole, I find this type of "bridge building" particularly naive and self defeating.

    Politics is not about winning over your enemies, it's about getting your friends and the uncommitted to vote in support of your candidate or Party. The "tea party" rank and file may exist as a bloc seperate from the Republican electorate; however, I have found no empirical evidence to support that hypothesis and quite a bit of contrary data.

    Except for some anecdotal evidence put forward by some like the above mentioned "professor," there is no evidence to support any such outreach to the "tea party." There is no reputable polling organization that professes to have data in support of any effort by the "tea party" toward unity with any party but the Republicans, and there is no "tea party" group that has publicly encouraged such a stance as is proposed in this post.

    Attempting to align progressives with the "tea party" is a fool's errand and a waste of time. The "tea party" does not share progressive aims, only some progressive dislike of the conduct of some institutions of the status quo. However, the tea party hates government above all, which makes agreement with a political movement that sees government as an instituiton of benefit to society highly unlikely.

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 07:39:57 AM PDT

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